Recently, a friend of mine described the following scenario: After paying $20 for her 4-year-old daughter to have pictures taken with Santa, the jolly old man asked the little girl what she wanted for Christmas. She said makeup. He belted out a big fat no. Tears ensued.

While I don't condone extreme primping for little girls, I don't see much harm in gifting a plastic toy makeup set or nontoxic kiddie nail polish to a child. I recall asking for makeup when I was a wee Bella, but mostly of the very innocent Lip Smackers or peel-off Tinkerbell nail paints. My parents definitely made the distinction between the adult makeup and the toy stuff. What about you?